Ms. Huning is Program Director of Project NatureConnect, and offers nature-centered counseling and coaching in her local area.
Holding a Master's degree in Psychotherapy from Antioch University, she is a Minnesota Licensed Psychologist and a Certified WellCoach™.
Barbara is a nature-centered psychologist and wellness coach with over 25 years of experience helping people of all ages and from all walks of life live happier, healthier, more fulfilling lives.
Her clinical training and early years as a therapist focused on work with severely traumatized adolescents in long-term residential treatment. This led to further work with adults recovering from trauma and abuse survivors in acute inpatient treatment, after which she supervised professional counselors at an outpatient research clinic associated with the National Institutes of Mental Health.
During these years, she began a parallel process of study and practice of preventative self-care and natural healing modalities. Her years of experience helping trauma survivors inspired life coaching work with high achievers.
Her work with both populations strengthened her confidence in the natural resilience and ingenuity of the human spirit, and in the bountiful resources of nature for our healing and restoration.
She began helping clients break through emotional barriers to reconnect with their life-long dreams, come home to their innermost nature, and bring those dreams to life.
Throughout both her career and her personal life, Ms. Huning has relied on a foundation of deep connection with nature, animals, and the Earth for inspiration and guidance.
During the past 10 years, she developed a solution-focused emotional wellness telephone coaching service for a popular retail health and wellness company, and ran the worksite wellness program for a Fortune 500 manufacturing company.
She began studying the Webstring Model of Natural Attraction Ecology in 2007 with the founder of Applied Ecopsychology, Michael J. Cohen, PhD. In addition to her role as Program Director of Project NatureConnect at the Institute of Global Education and Akamai University, she is a doctoral student in that program.
She lives in the bluff and coulee region of southeastern Minnesota near the Mississippi river with her teenage son Thor and dogs Rainy and Joey.
Hi Barbara! Welcome to the forum. I'm glad you're here. I'm very interested in eco-psychology, and I'm sure others here are too. There's obviously an extremely large overlap with C&NN's work regarding the health effects of nature on children. I hope we'll hear much more from you as you make yourself at home around the forum. Likewise I hope our community will prove a rich source of resources and camaraderie.